IAED Official Statements

April 20, 2020

The Academy is actively monitoring all published resuscitation guidelines regarding the current COVID-19 pandemic while authorizing and drafting related changes to the MPDS in real time. However, because implementing changes in the ProQA software is dependent on the time- consuming construction and testing of these software changes, there may be a lag in the release of related protocol updates. This IAED Statement is intended to avoid that time lag through the issuance of a Protocol 9: Cardiac or Respiratory Arrest / Death Rule, prior to the actual ProQA software release.

This new Rule addresses the recent AHA guidelines published in Resuscitation1 concerning barrier protection from aerosolized particles during the layperson provision of CPR. The guideline states: “A face mask or cloth covering the mouth and nose of the rescuer and/or victim may reduce the risk of transmission to a non-household bystander.”

April 10, 2020



Recently, three related documents were released that contain some basic recommendations regarding resuscitation guidelines during the COVID-19 pandemic. The first is entitled Resuscitation Council UK Statement on COVID-19 in relation to CPR and resuscitation in first aid and community settings (released on March 4 and updated on March 24), and the second is the American Heart Association’s (AHA) release of Interim Guidance for Healthcare Providers during COVID-19 Outbreak, which was based on the March 11 recommendations from the Center for Disease Control (CDC). The third was released more recently on April 9 and is more comprehensive. Published in Circulation, it is entitled Interim Guidance for Basic and Advanced Cardiac Life Support in Adults, Children, and Neonates With Suspected or Confirmed COVID-19.

March 16, 2020

Recently the EIDS Tool has been modified to deal specifically with the COVID-19 outbreak. In order to use the update tool, the agency must be on the latest version of ProQA (currently

In this updated version, the IAED has added the ability for agencies to add up to five (5) additional questions and/or (5) additional instructions as approved by the Medical Director.

The tool works in two separate modes:
Surveillance Mode: Simply records the findings.
Trigger Mode: When there is a positive answer to three (3) or more trigger questions, this mode activates a warning to alert the Emergency Dispatcher that there is “reasonable likelihood of Coronavirus”. This warning can then be shared with response personnel.

The IAED suggests that the tool is kept in Surveillance Mode until such time Health Care or Emergency Operation Center Administrators announce your service area is under pandemic conditions or other simila

January 23, 2020

Updated : February 11, 2020

Media Release IAED CBRN Fast Track Committee

RE: Novel coronavirus from Wuhan City, China (2019-nCoV)

The novel coronavirus originating from Wuhan City, China has now spread to several dozen countries, including localities in North America, Europe, Asia, and the Australasian region.

This virus has caused concern among global health authorities since it is believed to have recently jumped from animals to humans and there are now confirmed cases of human-to-human transmission - making it potentially very dangerous in human populations since there is currently no vaccine and little or no immunity.

Coronavirus is a species of virus that has several potentially deadly strains, including past spread of SARS-CoV (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome) and MERS-CoV (Middle East Respiratory Syndrome). Known symptoms of the illness include fever, difficulty breathing, cough, and other milder respiratory symptoms s

June 18, 2015

Update: 18th June, 2015

This document outlines current facts and IAED recommendations regarding the recent MERS outbreak in Korea and China for AMPDS users

Background on the current MERS outbreak

Middle East Respiratory Syndrome  coronavirus (MERS-CoV) is an illness caused by a virus (more specifically, a coronavirus which are a large family of viruses that can cause diseases ranging from the common cold to Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome). MERS-CoV predominantly affects the respiratory system (lungs and breathing tubes).

As of 3 June 2015, 1179 laboratory-confirmed cases of human infection with Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS-CoV) have been reported to WHO since 2012. On the 20th of May, one case of MERS-CoV was reported from Republic of Korea. The cluster of (MERS-CoV) continues to evolve in South Korea, where 153 con

October 28, 2010

June 14, 2010

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Since the North American release of the MPDS version 12.1 in March of 2010, the Academy has received some inquiries regarding Protocol 28 - Stroke (CVA), and the required Stroke Diagnostic Tool. The following represents the Academy's official position on the use and rationale of this evolving protocol:


Since the actual treatment of ischemic stroke became a possibility and then a more viable reality in many EMS systems, the IAED has worked with several stroke centers, experts, and early on, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to concurrently evolve the Dispatch Life Support (DLS) treatment of stroke patients. A joint position statement was crafted by the Academy with the lead stroke researcher at NIH, Dr. John Marler. That document is included in the Principles of EMD textboo

October 28, 2010

October 22, 2010 [ Download PDF ]

Brett A Patterson
IAED Academics, Standards, & Research
For the Medical Council of Standards

Practically as soon as the new Guidelines for CPR and Emergency Cardiovascular Care (ECC) were released by the American Heart Association (AHA) on October 18, 2010, the telephone and e-mail inquiries to the International Academies of Emergency Dispatch (IAED) began. It is truly exciting to see so much enthusiasm about the evolving clinical standards in our profession! This update is designed to keep you informed regarding the process of the Medical Priority Dispatch System™ (MPDS) protocol evolution with regard to current international standards of patient resuscitation.

First, it is very important to remind MPDS users of the Academy’s ongoing commitment to maintaining the Dispatch Life Support (DLS) s

October 27, 2010





Pre-Implementation Awareness Document

Date: March 22, 2010

Subject: Accelerator Stuck & Can't Stop Vehicle Protocol - Emergency Release

Due to re

March 22, 2007

Lancet Report

The recent Lancet study on cardiac-only bystander CPR demonstrates the growing evidence of the superior patient survival aspects of this relatively new resuscitation method. Cardiac-only resuscitation in a multi-center study in Japan demonstrated...